Friday, 9 November 2012

A piece of Autumn

I am currently writing this blog from my hide. Waiting for the light to get better so I can photograph some birds in an autumn setting. I say hide, I really mean, sitting on a bed, with the curtain shut with my camera pointing out of it.

Tigger is there just for comfort... its gets lonely when you are home alone.
Before I start, If people are wondering what all those birds are that are flocking around at the moment, they are Starlings. Autumn is the time of year where they flock in unicen performing what is known as a murmuration. This is an extraordinary sight to see in nature, where each bird connect to one another and display like fast moving clouds.. kind of..
Anyway, yesterday, I was on my way to the studio to process some corporate stuff. Half way there, a throng   of starlings flew about 5ft overhead. I was stunned, shouting and screaming (on my own) in amazement. I get excited that the simpliest things in nature and to see this never-ending swarm of Starlings passing by just feet above my car was incredible. This caused me to pull over straight away and grab the camera - the studio can wait!
These photos do not do a 'murmuration' justice because I didn't have much time before they disappeared into the distance.  The flocks are only going to grow in size and the packs are going to become more dense, so I am going to try and capture some better shots in future.

After the abrupt shoot, I decided that I wasn't finished so I pulled over into a reasonable place instead of jamming the traffic in a thin, country lane.

There are so many tractors driving back and forth at the moment transporting their harvest so the shot below was to characterise an autumnal harvest. 

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Updates and Pet Portraits

Ok so I haven't posted on here for quite some time. The reason being that I now use my facebook page ( as my main blog because it is open to a huge audience and can be shared around rather easily.

So this summer I have been photographing weddings and assisting a NUJ photojournalist, Gary Grimshaw. I have been helping processing various things from head shots to wedding albums and learning the professionals way of life. I have been very fortunate to have this opportunity and I have learned an awful lot this summer, but it wasn't all luck.

Recently, I have been establishing a pet portrait business (in its early stages) and I am currently working up a portfolio of images to place on the site. The site will be a collaboration of both mine and Gary's photography but predominantly mine. The site will also have portraiture of people, maybe a little wedding photography and of course wildlife photography too.

After publicising a shot I took last weekend on the facebook page last night, I have had a lot of eager requests for me to photograph their dog. Which is great news that people are so willing! So hopefully it will be a good career path to go down.. or up!

Here are a few shots I took the other day:
If you like what you see and would like some shots taken of your pets then get in touch. My details are found at the bottom of the page.

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Monday, 30 July 2012

Kestrel Spot

This morning I managed to get out with the camera, to do what I love doing - wildlife watching. After being busy with work and shooting weddings, I needed to unwind with some wildlife photography.
I took a very slow drive through all the country lanes and stopped in a place that I thought was suitable and not long after I saw two female Kestrels scouting the heath overhead. As I scrambled through the gorse, brambles & nettles (in shorts may I add) I heard one of the kestrels calling. In my experience, Kestrels are pretty quiet animals and rarely call, so I was quite surprised to hear its vocalic sound. It wasn't long until I realised that it was because a Marsh Harrier had swooped in next to them.

I wasn't expecting great shots as I only had a Canon 70-200mm lens on me, so it was merely simple document shots. I had it out in case I managed to get any close encounters, but instead I saw these two kestrels bickering which was exciting.

(with a small crop)

I tried to make the most of the minimal focal length by including the habitat in the shot. Looking back at the shots, I should have crouched lower and composed more gorse in the frame and tried to boarder the frame. But its a start and something I can improve on when working with a restrictive focal length.

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Bristol Trip/exhibitions

For any of you locating my site, unfortunately it is down at the moment so I have linked the URL to my blog page.

I have had a great week or two, holding two exhibitions and helping out at the British Red Squirrel stand for the Festival of Nature.

From the 8th -13th June I had an exhibition in Bristol named 'Nature Exposed'. This was a showcase of work from the 'Marine and Natural History Photography' course that has just recently graduated from Falmouth university.

The exhibition was a great success with hundreds of people turning up, receiving a lot of positive feedback. We had been organising this exhibition for roughly 9months so having it going to plan was a big relief!

Starting from the 15th June, I have an exhibition with all of the graduates on the course with is held at the university in Falmouth which is still running, so if you are in the area - check it out!

After Nature Exposed was finished, I spent a couple more days in Bristol so I could help out at the Festival of Nature but before that I met up with Richard Brock who has worked in the BBC for 35years but left last year and now he makes his own conservation films. ( I have been in contact with him for a good couple of months now but it was great to finally meet him and talk about a subject we are both passionate about. My goal in life is to become a wildlife cameraman so if you are reading this and require a helping hand in anything relavent to this subject - drop me a line!

Last Saturday 16th June, I helped out at the British Red Squirrel stand at the Festival of Nature. This involved mainly educating the public about the threats and the struggle for survival  that the red squirrel faces. I had photo prints for sale too which generated interest, and I was fortunate enough to sell some too! (

This was a very productive week talking to natural history film productions such as the BBC at the festival and I gain some great contacts!

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Monday, 30 April 2012

Falmouth Beach Hotel Fire

Today at about 12pm the Falmouth Beach Hotel burned down. It is said that 100 firefighters tackled the inferno, and thankfully there are no reports of any injuries. The Royal Navy helicopter was used to view the state of the  building from above. 

The fire started on the third floor of the 4 storey building but spread throughout the whole property. There were strong gusts of winds which made fighting the blaze very "challenging". All the water from the power hoses were merely tickling the surface of the building because of the strong gales.

By about 3pm the fire was still going. A very unfortunate event, and especially as it is happened just before the summer season!

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Friday, 27 April 2012

What is it like to be a wildlife photographer?

I was interviewed on my local, Cornish radio station, last Saturday. It was my first time being interviewed for the radio so I was pretty nervous but I think it turned out OK and it was a great experience! I was interviewed by Tori Orchard, who asked me what it was like to be a wildlife photographer and asked me about the projects that I am doing at the moment.

Below is the actual interview but I placed some images over the top of the conversation explaining my video and various other bits.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Something Different: Slacklining

Very quickly before I start, I went on a shoot the other day and gained a very positive response with the shots I took. Here they are below. So thank you for that. I have decided to start photographing things that represent Jersey; starting with the Jersey cow and a part of its history - Grosnez castle.

Today I  went out and discovered a couple of places that I want to photograph to show the agriculture and farming side of Jersey. I found a nice place that over looks Gorey castle, which would act as a nice backdrop. However, there were no clouds in the sky so I didn't take any shots worth showing. So landscapes were off the cards for today unless clouds suddenly appeared out of nowhere, but they didn't. Instead, I went slacklining with my older brother.
Slacklining is a very new sport and therefore isn't very well known. Its very simple and anyone can do it! It involves strapping the line against two poles/trees and walking across it. There are several tricks and manoeuvres you can do and behind all this fun it tones your core muscles, without you noticing.

Anyway, did this for a bit and then decided to start photographing my brother, using the fisheye (10.5mm) lens. I wanted to do something similar to the cow shot I took, with the glare from the sun. So heres how they turned out:

Tried it without flash to get this silhouette effect

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Research: Green Lizard

A scary thought hit me that I am graduating in a couple of months and I will need to find a job to fund my wildlife photography. However, all I can think about is what wildlife to shoot this summer and what projects I want to do in the future!
After graduation I will move back to Jersey so I thought it would be good to start a project on Jerseys wildlife.
Jersey is home to some unique wildlife that may not be found anywhere else in Britain; The agile frog, lesser white-toothed shrew, the Jersey bank vole (a litter bigger than UK bank vole), green and wall lizards and also the red squirrel, which I have been working on all year.

I have been researching these species over the past couple of weeks now and today I decided to head to the west coast to see if I could find any green lizards. Although it isn't summer quite yet, the sun was shining so I thought I might have a chance of seeing them basking on rocks and metal sheets that have been placed on the ground for them.

Lizards are cold-blooded and therefore rely on heat from the sun or hot surfaces to digest their food and move around. Rocks and these metal sheets absorb heat from the sun, allowing it to stay warm for a long period of time. This is great for the lizards, because not only does it keep them warm but it gives them cover from predators like the populous Kestrels and Marsh Harriers.

Female Green Lizard

In total I found 4 green lizards in the area. When lifting the sheets of metal I made sure I placed it back where it was and the lizard was only exposed briefly.
 Come summer these Lizards will be a lot easier to photograph because they will be basking on rocks in the sun, so I won't be causing any disturbance.

Jersey is the only place is the whole of the British Isles where Green Lizards are native. However, they are increasingly under threat, for more information see the Jersey Green Lizard Project -

  • Always put the wildlife before yourself; if the wildlife appears agitated and scared - leave it alone.
  • Keep noise levels to a minimum
  • Do not overcrowd the species
  • Research the species before photographing it.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Camera Slider

I went to my local Cornish woodland yesterday and tried out some video rail stuff. The contraption was put together using two pieces of 6ft PVC piping and another cut in half to act as the sliders. My mate, Sam Stewart built the slider and I went to try it out. There are a few alterations we need to do to improve the smoothness of the shot but for the first attempt I think it turned out pretty well.

Short video sequence:

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Support My Work 

Check out my facebook page, it holds a selection of my photographs in a portfolio style folder.
Aside from this, I post all of my updates on what I am up to and any other relevant information.

Through this page, you can ask me anything you want, whether it be about wildlife, a new camera you have got, any photographic tips in the field.. Tell me whatever you like and I will do my best to help you out!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could support my work.
If you have any friends you feel would like the page, share it to them.

Thanks guys, speak soon



Thursday, 23 February 2012

Squirrel Chase Sequence


I have been super busy trying to get the shots I have planned.
Basically, I am planning a video about raising awareness of the red squirrel and how people can get squirrels into their garden and educating them on what is best to feed them etc.

This video is a short piece I have put together which will be in my final video. It displays a common behaviour of squirrels; when they chase each other, spiralling up and down the tree in order to gain dominance or a mate.

A chase between a male & female and between two males look pretty similar but you can usually tell when they the male finishes by mating with the female or it finishes when one male exits the scene.

Here is the edit, enjoy and let me know what you think!!!

Youtube link below for the option of having it in larger size

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Monday, 13 February 2012

Building a quick hide

I am back in Jersey now for a couple of weeks to film the red squirrels for my major project.
On the side, I thought that I would photograph a couple birds in the garden.
A mini Christmas tree was planted in the garden few years ago and now it has grown to around 10ft. The birds have favoured this tree and I thought that a blue tit would make a nice shot with the green leaves.
So this afternoon, I decided to construct a simple hide to help me get the shot.

Building the hide:
  • I hung camo netting from the upstairs window down to the bottom window.
    This type of netting can be ordered from various places online.
  • I weaved an old clothes airer into the bench to hold the shape and to allow space to manuover.
  • I then constructed a wind break/blind to the left side of the hide.
    This is waterproof, camo tarpolin was purchased from a local DIY store. (It makes an excellent ground mat too)


I allowed enough space to place the tripod inbetween the bench and the window.
I cut a slit through the netting to fit the lens through.
After 20mins the hide was complete!

View from inside

My next step was to attract the birds to the place I want!

I straped a wooden pole against the wall and attached a coconut with a fatball mixture inside (the blue tits favourite at this time of year). This is to attract the blue tits to the area regularly, instead of flying to the other end of the garden where the feeder is.
I also sprinkled some crushed peanuts on the branches for them to feed on.

I was suprised to see that the bluetit was already feeding from the coconut even though its on the other end of the garden, but it got to dark before I could test the hide so I will wait for sunrise tomorrow!
I am going to buy some peanut butter to spread on the branches which should hopefully stop the seeds from falling onto the floor.

Watch this space to see what happens tomorrow morning!

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Walk from Kynance Cove to Lizard Point

Last Friday I went out with professional photographer David Chapman to Kynance cove and then we walked along the coast to the Lizard point. This field trip was very informative and I learned a lot  about the geological structure and history about the place, as well as identifying species of plants and birds.

Here are a few shots that I took on the day;


Male Stonechat

Female Stonechat
Female Stonechat

Pair of Fulmar



Thursday, 19 January 2012

Red squirrel improvement

This edit features footage from day 3 in Scotland. Day 2 consisted of removing an old unnecessary feeder and thinking about where to place my hide.
I tried to incorporate more squirrel footage in this video and kept it shorter then the last video.

Hide and the feeder

Tips to take from the video:

  • Build a hide and commit to staying in it
  • Do not move out from the hide until wildlife has gone
  • Keep noise level as minimal as you can
  • Its Winter so wrap up warm to reduce distractions
  • Placing bait down is a great way of attracting wildlife
  • Be sure to research the subject thoroughly before photographing it

To look at the journey I took to get to Scotland, scroll to the 'older post' button on the bottom right.